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5 things to watch in Ohio special election, primaries (The Hill)

Ohio is set to hold a special House election on Tuesday in a race that has morphed into a key referendum on President Trump as Republicans scramble to protect a seat that has been in their hands for years.
Trump campaigned in Ohio’s 12th District on Saturday, seeking to turn out Republican voters and erode some of the enthusiasm of Democrats, who are making a big push for the seat, betting that a win will portend a blue wave in midterm elections in the fall.
Meanwhile, four states — Kansas, Missouri, Michigan and Washington — will hold primaries. On the Democratic side, races like Kansas’s 3rd District will test the appeal of progressive candidates backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and up-and-coming star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. [Read More]

The Police Were Not Policed (National Review)

No doubt Russia must be watched for its chronic efforts to sow more chaos in American elections — despite Barack Obama’s naïve assertion in 2016 that no entity could possibly ever rig a U.S. election, given the decentralization of state voting.

Lately the heads of four U.S. intelligence and security agencies — Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, FBI Director Chris Wray, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, National Security Agency Director Paul Nakasone, and National Security Adviser John Bolton — held coordinated White House press conferences to remind America of the dangers of Russian chicanery. Trump, who is prone to conflate documented Russian efforts to meddle and cause chaos with unproven accusations of Trump-Russia collusion, should heed their warnings and beef up U.S. counter-espionage efforts and cyber deterrence. [Read More]

Medicare for All makes a lot of sense (CNN)

The economics of Medicare for All championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders are actually quite straightforward. Under what advocates call “M4A,” health care coverage would expand while total spending on health care — by companies, individuals and the government — would decline because of lower costs. More would be paid through the government and less through private insurers.

M4A would reduce health care costs for three reasons. First, Medicare pays hospital and doctors at lower rates than private insurers. Second, drug prices would be lower. And third, there would be administrative savings. [Read More]

NRA lawsuit says it’s in financial trouble because of actions by New York regulators (CNN)

A lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association says the gun advocacy organization will have to close its headquarters, shut down its online media presence and stop holding rallies and conventions if it is stymied by New York state from doing business with banks and insurers.

The NRA suit, filed in May and amended in July, says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying illegally to coerce financial companies into halting business relations with the group.
“Far from protected government speech, defendants’ actions constitute an ‘implied threat to employ coercive state power’ against entities doing business with the NRA,” the lawsuit says, employing a quote from a 2003 free speech case. [Read More]

Rosie O’Donnell, Broadway stars protest Trump outside White House (Fox News)

Rosie O’Donnell was joined by some of Broadway’s biggest stars to lead a sing-along protest against President Trump outside the White House on Monday night.

The liberal comedian spoke to protesters, some clutching signs with the word “Treason” spelled out, before the group broke into a rendition of “America the Beautiful.”

The actress told the crowd it was important to make sure their voices were heard so that Trump would know that they were not going away. [Read More]

ICE employee ousted for using job to campaign for Hillary Clinton (The Washington Times)

An ICE employee agreed to resigned Tuesday and accepted a five-year bar from working in the federal government after admitting to politicking on behalf of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.

The employee, who officials didn’t name, posted more than 100 messages to social media while at work urging people to vote for Mrs. Clinton. And the employee also promoted a Clinton campaign rally and urged coworkers to back the Democratic nominee.

She even continued the behavior after being approached by ethics watchdogs, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said in announcing the resignation. [Read More]



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